Friday, May 23, 2014

Something Potter this way comes

I was all set to do a Doctor Who Halloween this year.  I really was.  But then I took a trip, the last leg of which took me to Orlando and Universal Studios where I encountered Harry Potter World.

...and the rest I really could have guessed.

I was amazed by all the incredible detail that had gone into every aspect of the rides, the shops, hogsmeade.  And it reignited my Harry Potter fever.  I've technically done two Harry Potter parties already, though not nearly on the scale of the stuff I do now.  But having done it twice before, I do have a bit better idea of what's out there.

...and so the sketching has begun, and the madness that sets in at the time when every idea can be considered.  It's one of my favorite parts of the Halloween planning, made even more so as it's something I really truly love.

Even so, I've already nailed down a couple of the big projects I want to do, but this year will be made mostly by the little projects (which I've learned is my strong suit).  Yes, will have to begin early, but again, that's my wheelhouse.  So I anticipate a good time will be had this year. also means I get to have Harry Potter marathons with impunity.  :)

The last Harry Potter party (2007): 

Looking back at these I kind of have mixed feelings.  At the time, it was pretty cool, but having learned a lot of stuff, I know I can do better.  I pulled out the box of stuff I kept from then, and wanted to immediately chuck it--just a lot of it was so basic and not detail driven in the same way I do stuff now.  I'm kind of happy now to try again on this theme.  Still, we had fun, so that's really all that matters.

Great Hall w/floating candles
Weasley's Wizard shop 
Directions, and custom
made Marauder's Maps
Yes, I played Dobby,
yes the costume was handmade.

Potions class turned out pretty cool
The shop wasn't too bad either

My favorite were the 'Slytherin Sucks'

Behold: lack of drawing skill
hasn't improved over the years,
but knowing that I should use a
computer definitely has.
The Monster book


  1. I cannot wait to see what the madness develops! Harry Potter was awesome! I am glad you got to see it.

  2. Also, I am so coming! Quick, somebody I know get married in October so I have the perfect excuse to visit! Though, this Harry Potter Party would be so worth coming over a wedding!

    1. Awww, yessss! You should TOTALLY be here for Halloween. AND, I'm playing with the possibility of including live props (aka, friends willing to dress up like dementors) to guard Azkaban...or be a prisoner....c'mon, you could have the opportunity to act all crazy around small children:)